“To be civil about it, I think he should have left a long time ago,” said Rockford resident Gene Schoenewiess after hearing Rockford Housing Authority CEO Ron Clewer, was resigning at the end of the month.
“Just the way they did it all, and Clewer was probably one of the worst ones around to go back door on things,” he added.
Schoenewiess lives near the controversial ‘Grove at Keith Creek’ housing development, which was spearheaded by Clewer and is now nearing completion.
“I feel sorry for the people because they’re going to be crammed in and it’s so small the structure’s,” said Schoenewiess. “They’re right on top of each other, looks like just another project,” he added.
Gene Hertenstein, another resident close to development says Clewer’s departure at this point doesn’t change anything.
“We’re already far enough along in the project that it’s going to move forward,” said Hertenstein. “You know, we just hope for the best, and hope this does provide a better life for the residents down there,” he added.
Despite being apprehensive at first to ‘The Grove’, some neighbors are trying to look at the situation optimistically.
“I’m glad to welcome them, no matter who they are,” Schoenewiess said. “Give everybody a chance, and I know there are good people over there,” he added.
Eyewitness News reached out to Ron Clewer for comment, but he was unavailable. His last day at RHA is March 31st.